Some MacBook Pros banned from US flights

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Some MacBook Pro laptops are being banned on flights in the United States amid Apple’s recent statements saying that batteries in several units pose fire risks.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) took the decision after the Apple recalled select units which had batteries posing fire risks.

“The FAA is aware of the recalled batteries that are used in some Apple MacBook Pro laptops,” the agency’s spokesman said in an emailed statement, adding that the agency has “alerted airlines about the recall.”

Apple said in June it would recall a limited number of 15-inch MacBook Pro units as their batteries were susceptible to overheating. The units were sold between September 2015 and February 2017.

The laptops were sold between September 2015 and February 2017 and can be identified by their product serial number, according to the company’s notice.

Four airlines with cargo operations managed by Total Cargo Expertise — TUI Group Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines, Air Italy, and Air Transat – this week barred the laptops from flying as cargo, according to Bloomberg.

It is not immediately known how many MacBook Pros will be affected by the ban.

 

Via Reuters/ Bloomberg/NPR/Apple

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